What’s your dream vacation: beautiful boat rides and delectable world-class chocolate, or exploring historic architecture and museums? Either way- look no further than Bruges! Romance and history come alive in this scenic Belgian city.
With its picturesque scenery and rich history, Bruges is a popular destination for sight-seeing (but don’t let that deter you). From scenic boat tours on the canals, to horse and buggy rides through the city and walking tours, you’ll never find yourself lacking in something to do. Be sure to check out the Grote Markt (Market Square), home to the Belfry Tower, complete with a stunning 360 degree view of Bruges and the surrounding area. For the architectural admirer, Burg square offers a wide array of buildings, styles and artifacts, dating all the way back to the 12th century and the Crusades. From the ruins of the Saint Donatian Roman-Catholic cathedral to a 14th century town hall, this historic square is certain to satisfy even the biggest history buff!
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do- so when in Belgium, you’ve gotta try the beer. Night life surrounding the beer culture in Bruges is huge and you will have many different bars and pubs to choose from. Check out the Eiermarkt for the best selection. Beer tasting at ‘t Brugs Beertje is a must-do, and with over 300 beers to choose from, how can you go wrong?
Bruges is filled with exciting museums and a rich arts culture. You’ll have lots of opportunities to take in both live performances and a variety of films. Check out Cinema Liberty, which screens films in English with Dutch and French subtitles. If you’re looking to really immerse yourself in different cultures and languages, there’s Cinema Lumiere, where they screen foreign films in their original languages.
Bruges offers a variety of performance spaces where you can experience everything from classical music to concerts, theatre performances to contemporary dance shows! This is a great way to see what the local arts community has to offer. The Concertebouw and Stadsschouwburg are two venues you may want to check out. See what’s playing and head out for a fabulous night on the town and an experience you’ll never forget!